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I Love A Man In A Uniform

03:36
Gang Of Four
Andrew Gills/Jon King

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It's the Memorial Day edition of OHWW and I give you Gang of Four! No, not the Chinese communist party, but the English pop band who released this undeniably catchy song in 1982...which was more about manning up to attract girls instead of lauding servicemen in camouflage. OK, so maybe it's not the most patriotic song I could find...

In any case, "I Love a Man in a Uniform" was the band's most radio-friendly song and yet it was banned in the UK shortly after its release because Britain went to war in the Falkland Islands. It actually wasn't such a hit in the US either, peaking on dance charts #27, but many other musicians claimed Gang of Four to be one of their influences, including Michael Stipe (REM), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Kurt Cobain (Nirvana). 

To all the men and women in uniform out there, I most definitely am not joking when I thank you for your service and wish you a happy Memorial Day... 

 

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